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Posted by Sophoan Chant

March 24th 2011

I've enjoyed reading your Wind on Fire trilogy and ready to start on the Noble Warriors trilogy,,,are you planning on coming out with any more fantasy series?

William Nicholson responded:

I'm sure I will, but at present I'm busy on other projects. Maybe next year...

Posted by Vic

March 23rd 2011

At the back of Slaves of the Mastery it says that you have gotten many movie offers for the wind on fire trilogy , are you planning making it into a movie anytime soon?

William Nicholson responded:

Nothing has worked out so far, I'm afraid.

Posted by Lizzie Lambert

March 23rd 2011

Hi Mr Nicholson. I am a great fan of your brilliant Wind on Fire series and I am delighted to have copies of The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery and Firesong . I would like to ask if you will kindly consider allowing me signed labels for these titles which are my favourite books. I do hope you view my request favourably as it would be absolutely marvellous for me to have your signature in my collection of your wonderful books. Thank you and best wishes. Lizzie L.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm happy to sign labels or books. Write to my publisher, Egmont - the address is in all the books, on the first page - and give your address, and they'll pass it on to me to send you the signatures.

Posted by Janis Weisbrot

March 21st 2011

Is your 1066 project going forward? I haven't been able to find news more recent than 2009. Thanks.

William Nicholson responded:

Nothing's moving on the project at present. It's big and expensive, which makes it harder. But you never know...

Posted by Nigel Hollinshead

March 17th 2011

When you have written a book do you have the feeling that, even after editing it, in some sense it is a work in progress?

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, but there comes a time when you have to let it go. Even after it's published, you always know you could improve it. No matter: you have to move on. That ship has sailed.

Posted by Dana Kimmelman

March 15th 2011

I read the Wind on Fire trilogy when I was very young, and have re-read it several times since. Each reading brings new excitement and insight, mostly because of the extraordinary character development. Were Kestrel and/or Bowman inspired by people you knew? Do they represent a particular literary archetype? I have rarely become so attached to characters in a novel, worthy of admiration even with their flaws.

William Nicholson responded:

I think the simple answer is that Kestrel and Bowman are both myself, or parts of myself. All of us are complex beings - brave/timid, gentle/aggressive, etc - and I use books to explore aspects of myself in fragment form. I'm also aware that the Hath family is an amalgam of my parental family and my own family, both of which are made up of parents, and boy-girl-girl children. I was of course unaware of this when writing. As for literary archetypes, I take care to keep well away from such thoughts. I want to write about people with real feelings, I want to be in there in the mess with my characters, not hovering over them as a god-like artist. I studied literature at Cambridge. It took me years to weed the intellectual self-consciousness out of my work. But I'm really pleased that you respond as you do. I've put a lot into these books. Might you take a peek at some of my other stuff?